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CHRISTIANITY    AND    HUMAN    RELATIONSHIPS

•very powerlessness. Where Christian wisdom has most
excelled all lands of wordly wisdom even in the conduct
,of mundane affaks has been in the cases 'where it has
relied on love, and that perhaps is why the lives of
saints seem more efficacious in history than the decrees
and the pontifical judgments of ecclesiastics.

The fundamental rule of Christian conduct is clear,
though it is surprising in some respects, and it strikes.
many people as paradoxical. We might say that the
mind does not take naturally to it at first—indeed it
. would appear that Christians themselves are too little
inclined to it if they have forms of material power upon
which they can rely instead. The rule is that we should
judge all men to be sinners but treat all men as born for
eternity. We are to love all men in spite of the fact
that they are sinners, partly because we know that we
are sinners ourselves. We are to love them even when
they go on sinning—for otherwise how could Christ
have loved us ? We are to love diem even if we have
to fight them—we have to love our enemies and never
treat them as subhuman or as children of the devil,
even if they treat others so; for otherwise how would
mankind ever be lifted above barbarism ? Much depends
on what we are trying to do with the world and for the
Christian it is not sufficient just to beat the sinner and
conquer him or score over him—the object is to win
him from his sins. Even if we have to fight him we
do not give up that hope, do not even cease to be sorry
for him somewhere or other—do not fight as the pagans
do, with an idea that the sinners can be destroyed or
that they can be rendered incapable of sinning any

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